Monday, April 20, 2015

Sauteed Hotdogs and Hotdog Steak Recipes

So you decided to serve hotdogs to your kids. You already told them about it. Then when you opened your fridge, you realize you don't have enough for them to have at least one each. What do you do?

Here isa recipe to "multiply" the hotdogs available.

Sauteed Hotdog


1/2 kilo hotdogs, sliced diagonally
2 tbsp soy sauce
5 tbsp ketchup
1 medium white onion sliced into rings
3 tbsp oil
1 tsp garlic powder

  • Heat oil in afrying pan.
  • Saute onion rings.
  • Add the sliced hotdogs and cook for about 2 minutes. 
  • Add the soy  sauce, ketchup and garlic powder.
  • Cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Serve hot.
This recipe is not for kids only. You can tweak it a bit to make it more appealing to adults. You can even have this as pulutan or beer match. We now convert Sauteed Hotdogs into Hotdog Steak. The recipe is similar with just minor changes.   

Hotdog Steak


1/2 kilo hotdogs, sliced diagonally
4 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp calamansi juice
1 medium white onion sliced into rings
3 tbsp oil
1 clove garlic, minced
siling labuyo (optional)

  • Heat oil in afrying pan.
  • Saute onion rings (use only half -- the remaining half will be used later).
  • Add the sliced hotdogs and cook for about 2 minutes. 
  • Add the soy  sauce, calamansi and minced garlic. 
  • Add siling labuyo if you want.
  • Cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Serve topped with the remaining sliced onions.

Adobong Pusit Recipe -- with a little twist

I craved for adobong pusit (squid) yesterday so I headed to the market praying it's available. Good thing there's squid and the right size I was hoping for -- the small to medium sized squid.

Here is a recipe for Adobong Pusit that I got from my father.


1 kilo small - medium squid
1/2 cup vinegar
4 cloves garlic
3 tbsp cooking oil
salt and pepper to taste
2 pcs siling haba (the green one)
bay leaf
1/2 cup sprite or 7-up (our secret ingredient)

  • Wash and clean the squid. There are cooks who detach the head from the body (and remove the ink sack found in the head). I prefer to keep them attached. I also do no like removing the ink sack that gives the black coloring. The darker, the better -- that's how I like my adobong pusit.
  • Saute minced garlic in oil. 
  • Add the squid. Let it stay for a while.
  • Add sprite or 7-up. Simmer for a few minutes. 
  • Add vinegar, bay leaf and siling haba. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice. 
I like to have my adobong pusit served with the black sauce. I like to mix it with rice when I eat. Sometimes, I even fry steamed rice in the pan I used to cook the adobong pusit. Black is beautiful -- or in thiscase, YUMMY!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Gourmet Street Balls Recipe

Do you eat squid balls, chicken balls, kikiam and fishballs? I like these street foods. But my friends always tell me I should be careful because these street foods are not clean and I could get a lot of diseases. Sometimes I listen to them but more often than not, I  don't. I just go out and "make tusok-tusok" the fishballs whenever I want. But I also tried to make my own version of this at home for those times I listen to my friends and get afraid of all the germs they are talking about. You can cook this meal (which I call Gourmet Street Balls) for lunch or dinner. It's easy to prepare and it's cheap.

Here's the simple recipe for Gourmet Street Balls


1small pack of fishballs
1 small pack of squid balls
1small pack of chicken balls
1small pack of kikiam
500 grams mixed vegetables (corn, carrots, green peas)
1 can of button mushrooms
2 sachets of oyster sauce

1. Fry the fishballs, squid balls, chicken balls and kikiam. Set aside.
2. Saute onion and garlic in a pan.
3. Add the button mushrooms and mixed vegetables.
4. Add the fried fishballs, squid balls, chicken balls and kikiam.
5. Put the oyster sauce and simmer.

Additional notes for this very affordable meal:
  • You can add hot sauce if like it spicy. 
  • You can add sliced young corn. 
  • I once added soda (sprite, 7-up) to make it sweet and spicy. I think I added about 1/2 cup but I'm not sure because I didn't measure. You just do it according to how you like it.
  • Quail eggs can also be added. 
Enjoy this recipe. Again, it's very affordable so no worries. You can double your ingredients without hurting your budget.


Monday, April 13, 2015

What to Bring to the Beach -- Your Simple Food Guide for the Summer

It's been a while since I last posted here. I've been too busy with both work and family concerns. Anyway, summer is here as I we all know too well because of the heat. So I'm sure many of you are planning on going to the beach anytime soon.

Here are some suggestions of food that you can bring to the beach.

Fruits. They are must-haves. You have a lot to choose from. Watermelon, both red and yellow varieties. Melon. Mango, ripe and not. Banana. Singkamas, technically not a fruit but who cares. Dalandan. Fruits are heavy so I suggest you just buy them on your wayto the beach. If you're headed to Quezon, Batangas, La Union, Pagudpod, etc. you will surely find stalls selling fruits along the highway. Some say they are less expensive in stalls like these but I think they are not. I think they put the price a little higher especially if you look "tourist-y". But the good thing is you can bargain. Yes, "tawad" is usually allowed. I may be wrong about the "higher price" so, please don't quote me on this, lol. Anyway, a few pesos added can probably justified by the fact that you don't have to carry them from Manila all the way to the province. But I have another suggestion. You can stop by a local public market to get your fruits. They are priced for the locals -- no tourist factor to consider. But then, not all public markets are along the highway so you would have to exert a little effort looking for it.

Barbecue (or grilled porkchop, liempo, chicken, fish, hotdog). It is easier to prepare this than menudo, afritada, caldereta, etc for lunch. You can just buy meat at the supermarket and marinate it overnight. No need for so many other ingredients. Many resorts have grilling facilities anyway (but make sure you ask when you book your trip).

If you do not want to do anything like grill meat anymore when you are already at the beach, the best food to bring is adobo. It is easier to prepare than the other common ulam plus it doesn't get spoiled fast.

Fried chicken is also good if you have lots of kids. But I suggest you use chicken fillet instead of the usual cuts so you wont have to worry about disposing chicken bones later on (plus regular cuts is more difficult to eat if you will only be  using plastic spoon and fork).

Noodles. Pancit is also good to have. It can be for lunch and snacks. If you're going to take a ling trip, pancit may get spoiled. My suggestion is to ask the resort of any good pansiteria in town. Get its number and order pancit sa bilao in advance. Just pick it up when you reach the place.

So there you go. These are simple stuff to bring to your outing. Nothing really fancy about it so no hassle.

I hope you enjoy your vacation. As for me, I've already been to BORAWAN in Padre Burgos, Quezon with side trips to Dampalitan Island (also in the same place) and Kwebang Lampas at Puting Buhangin in Pagbilao, Quezon. BORAWAN is a beautiful place. Try and visit it. I'm already planning my next trip to La Union or Laiya in Batangas.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Amber Pancit Malabon, Pichi-Pichi and Pancit Puti

I know the holiday season is over and there aren't as many parties anymore but this post is about something you can have for parties -- there are parties other than Christmas parties, right? Well, I'm talking about pancit sa bilao.

One restaurant that makes pancit is Amber. It is known for The Original Pancit Malabon and Pichi-pichi. But they have other good products like their Spaghetti, Barbecue and Chicken Lollipop. 

Many like their pancit Malabon because of the big shrimp slices they add on top. It compliments that distinct Pancit Malabon taste. Their Pichi-pichi is good too. The one with cheese is loved by many but I like the original version which is the one with coconut. I heard they have a new variant - with honeyed peanut something that I have yet to sample. Their Spaghetti is well loved by Filipino kids. By that I think you already have an idea how it tastes.

I also like their Sotanghon Guisado. It reminds me of how pancit at hoome tastes.  But my recent favorite is Pancit Puti. It is like your regular pancit guisado but without that brown coloring which is obviously due to the use of soy sauce. You'll be surprised that even if it is "colorless" it is really tasty. I must admit though that I like the Pancit Puti of another store better than theirs. It has more of the garlic flavor that I'mlooking for.

I'm not sure of the branch in Makati (Filmore Street, Palanan - near Cash and Carry) is the original store but I knowit's been there since I started working in Makati during the late 90s. The nice thing about Amber is that they have "dine in", "take out" and "delivery" services. For inqquiries, call 884-8888. It's a call center so no need to look for the number of the branch near you.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

BonChon Breakfast Menu

I saw an ad announcing the Breakfast Menu of BonChon one night. I got intrigued by the picture so immediately the day after, I went to oneecom center (Mall of Asia complex) to try it out.

The Breakfast Menu includes the Breakfast Deluxe which has three versions. There's the Breakfast Deluxe with 2 spam slices, rice, 2 half slices of French toast, egg and a cup of coffee or a glass of juice. There's the Breakfast Deluxe with 2 Frankfurters, rice, 2 half slices of French toast, egg and a cup of coffee or a glass of juice. And there's the Breakfast Deluxe Combo where you have a slice of spam and a Franfurter, rice, 2 half slices of French toast, egg and a cup of coffee or a glass of juice. Breakfast Deluxe is priced at P169.

They also offer Breakfast Beef Bulgogi Ricebox and Breakfast Chops Ricebox which I think are the same as their anytime-of-the-day variety but with egg to make it breakfast-sy. Each variety is priced at P135 (P155 if you order coffee or juice).

They also have a variety of French Toast sandwiches (with patty, chops, Franfurter and spam). Prices range from P79 to P149 depending on the add-ons.

That day I ordered the Breakfast Deluxe Combo. I got surprised when my order was served because it only has 1 Frankfurter. I thought there were two based on the picture I saw thenight before. But when I looked at it again, there's really only one Frankfurter. It was just sliced (lengthwise) so it looked like two pieces (or at least to me).

Spam is good. They don't get credit for this though because they did pretty much nothing but slice the spam. The Frankfurter was tasty too but again, credit goes to whoever they got the Frankfurter from. The French  toast, however, is definitely theirs. Unfortunately, I wasn't very impressed by it. I don't know what I was looking for but in my opinion, something is missing. The syrup was too sweet too for my liking.

I wasn't really very satisfied with the meal. But it wasn't really bad also because I like spam. However, I feel the meals were priced too much. Breakfast meals at Jollibee or McDonald's are way more affordable and definitely more filling.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Christmas Gift Ideas

Many of you are now probably thinking of gifts to give your family and friends. I'm sure you've been to different bazaars like NOEL Bazaar at the World Trade Center or those in villages. There are a lot of things to find in bazaars.  Iknow because I've been to NOEL twice this week already. You can buy gifts for as low as P50. But if you want to give unusual gifts, then you have to really squeeze your creative juices to come up with something different.

Last December 2012 and December 2013, I posted blogs giving suggestions for unique gift ideas. You can check them out by clicking the links if you want some help. But I also have some new stuff here for you.

1. JARed. Mason jars are in these days. I'm sure you've thought of giving them as gifts. And I'm sure you've thought of different things to put inside them like cookies, candies, chocolates, etc. But my suggestion is to put cake inside. My cousin said she is thinking of putting no-bake cakes. My idea is to put refrigerator cake. I'm not gonna put here the recipe anymore coz I know most of you know that but my suggestion is about 'designing' the cake. Usually you put fruits in your ref cakes, right? For me, a good way would be to put your 'fillings' in neat layers.  After laying down the graham crackers (this is what is commonly used but I prefer using lady fingers or broas from Quezon) at the bottom and pouring the cream, put a layer of crushed nuts. Then lay down the next layer of crackers and cream then add fruits (canned fruit cocktail is good but I'd prefer dried fruits). Then repeat but this time put brown and white chocolate chips (the one used for ice cream toppings). Then repeat. Oh, but you can add a layer of strawberry jam. The sweet-sour taste would be a nice 'breaker' to the sweetness of the whole treat.

Aside from cake, you can simply put lambanog inside especially if you know the recipient likes to drink alcoholic bevergaes once in a while. There are colored lambanog being sold in large, long neck bottles. I think one bottle would fill two mason jars already.

2. TUBEd. If you are thinking of gifts to a group of people like your staff or friends in your book club or whatever, my suggestion would be to buy test tubes. Yes, the ones you used in your chemistry classes in high school. You can put different stuff inside like the lambanog I mentioned above. Or you can put mixed nuts instead. Just put ribbons and your done.

3. POTted. You can give your friends herbs like mint, oregano, basil, etc. Normally, you can buy in presentable pots so you'll just have to put ribbones and you're fine. But you can also transfer them to nicer pots that you can buy in stores. There are colorful ones actually.

So there. I hope that'll help.